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Questions

How can I contact you?
Where is your office and what are your hours?
Do you have a blog?
What type of counselling do you do?
What is your therapeutic approach?
What are your qualifications?
Do you have any specialized training?
What is the BC College of Registration of Social Workers?
What is different about a counsellor with a social work background?
What is a Clinical Registered Social Worker?
What are your fees and preferred payment?
Do you bill third party?
Can I claim my receipt on my income tax?
Do you provide a free initial consultation?
Who are you affiliated with?

 

How can I contact you?

My telephone number is 604-771-8647 and my fax number is 604-875-9704.

My email address is tzcounselling@yahoo.ca and my mailing address is:

Tania Zulkoskey Counselling
Grandview RPO
PO Box 78072
Vancouver, BC
V5N 5W1

Where is your office and what are your hours?

My office is in East Vancouver near Broadway and Commercial. I have both day and evening appointments available. I do not offer weekend appointments.

Do you have a blog?

Yes. You can find out more about who I am and what I do on my blog: tzcounselling.blogspot.ca.

What type of counselling do you do?

I work with people on a wide range of issues, with particular emphasis on:
Relationships, Parenting, LGBTQ,  Pregnancy & Fertility, Children/Youth, Trauma/Abuse, Wellness, Twins, Consultation/Supervsion

What is your therapeutic approach?

I practice from a holistic perspective, which includes a feminist and creative approach and is client centered. This means I view myself as a supportive guide to help you find the answers within you, and to offer you a non-judgmental environment to explore your thoughts and feelings.

My perspective on a feminist approach is to explore gender roles and expectations for both men and women, in heterosexual and same-sex relationships. This is done by examining many layers to a problem or concern, and exploring how society influences us personally and politically thus impacting our daily lives. It can also include exploring people’s problems by looking at personal power, inequality and privilege.

With my background in social work, I also incorporate Family Systems Theory. This entails looking at how families and individuals interact based on their family of origin experiences, as well as within their larger community and culture. Counselling is a journey of self discovery and I see my role as a witness and supportive guide. You decide the path.

What are your qualifications?

I have been a practicing social worker since 1995. I completed a 4 year undergraduate Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) University degree in 1995 and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree in 1999.

I have been a Registered Social Worker (RSW) since 1995 and a Clinical Registered Social Worker since 2006, the first year this designation came to B.C.

I began my private counselling practice in 2002. To engage in private practice in B.C. all Registered Social Workers must be approved by the BC College of Registration of Social Workers.

As well, I am licensed and insured to practice social work in B.C.

Do you have any specialized training?

As a Certified Trauma Specialist I have demonstrated extensive education and experience specifically related to trauma. This training includes a Trauma Counselling and Clinical Intervention Certificate, completed at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in 2001.

One of the tools I have training with and use in processing trauma is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).I completed part one and two in 2004 and advanced EMDR training in 2007. EMDR began as a psychotherapy treatment to alleviate distress symptoms related to trauma.

I am Certified in Critical Incident Stress Management (2004) through the Justice Institute of B.C. I am able to offer individual and group defusing’s and debriefings. With this, I have education and experience providing psychosocial support for work place crisis and community disasters.

I also regularly participate in professional training and workshops. For example, I have completed John Gottman workshops (level I and II) on working with couples.

What is the BC College of Social Workers?

"The College of Registration for Registered Social Workers (BRSW) is the regulatory body for the profession in British Columbia." Their mandate is to protect the public from preventable harm by ensuring registered social workers have the qualifications and follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Not all "Registered Counsellors" are accountable to a Board that is mandated to protect the public from preventable harm. Nor are all "counsellors" mandated to follow standards of practice that is ethical and accountable. It's important to know and ask a prospective counsellor if they belong to a Regulatory Body. A Regulatory Body should have a complaint process.

It is also important to know that not all "Clinical Counsellors" are registered professionals accountable to a Board. What this means is that anyone can call themselves a "Clinical Counsellor" and portray themselves with qualifications that are not necessarily legitimate. It is important to clarify all qualifications and registrations with the prospective counsellor.

Registered Social Workers are governed by the Social Workers Act of British Columbia.

What is different about a counsellor with a social work background?

Social workers work with individuals and families within the context of "systems." Social workers view people's difficulties in context of their families and society. This includes seeing the individual within a larger social environment.

Social workers use a "bio­psychosocial" perspective. This means looking at the individual in a context that includes a biological, psychological and social perspective. All aspects of the individual are relevant and important to their personal and social functioning. Individuals are seen as parts of larger systems: families, community, and society.
In contrast to psychologists, psychiatrists and some other counselling professionals, social workers pay particular attention to the person in their environment. For example, depression might be treated with medication in the medical model, whereas a social worker would also consider treatment that focuses on changing environmental factors. Environmental factors could include poverty, domestic violence, relationship difficulties, lack of parenting support, substance misuse, and harassment.

The aim of counselling by a social worker is self-awareness and empowerment.

What is a Clinical Registered Social Worker?

Clinical Registered Social Workers have demonstrated advanced knowledge and skills in clinical practice. This includes assessment and diagnosis such as the DSM-IV. The DSM-IV is the standard diagnostic tool used in mental health assessments.

To become a Clinical Registered Social Worker you are also required to pass a Social Work Association Board exam. This makes the designation of Clinical Registration distinctive in comparison to other counselling associations.

What are your fees and preferred payment?

Sessions are one hour in length.

Session are $135.00 for all clients regardless of relationship status. This includes individuals, couples, families, children, and students. Sliding scale is available for Crime Victim Assistance Program only. Specifically, I cover the difference in my rate and the payout by CVAP. Unfortunately I do not offer any other sliding scale. If you require a specific arrangement for a payment plan we can discuss this.

Cash, personal cheques, Visa, MasterCard and E-transfers are accepted. Unfortunately I am unable to accept debit cards at this time. Payment is expected at the time of the appointment unless alternative arrangements are made in advance. 24 hour notice is required for canceled appointments or the full fee will be charged.

Do you bill third party?

Third party billing is available for:

  1. Eligible claimants under the Crime Victim Assistance Program.
  2. Specific Ministry for Children and Families programs.

Receipts are provided for you to be reimbursed through any other EAP/ EFAP, Extended Health or Health Insurance Programs.

Can I claim my receipt on my income tax?

Yes! This is one of the advantages of seeing a registered clinical social worker. Registered clinical social workers are recognized as ‘medical practitioners’ under the Income Tax Act. This means you can claim your counselling or your families counselling on your income tax return. For more information on this, please see these websites:
www.bccollegeofsocialworkers.ca/public-area/overview.htm
www.cra-arc.gc.ca/medical

Do you provide a free initial consultation?

I provide a free initial consultation for 15 minutes so you can make sure you feel comfortable with me and that there is a "fit." You have the option of attending in person or a telephone conversation. This is your opportunity to do the screening.

Who are you affiliated with?

I am affiliated with the BC Association of Social Workers (BCASW) and the BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW). This is so I can engage in private practice and be accountable to a governing body. I also believe in and support the Code of Ethics for social work practice.

I also belong to the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). They are the international governing body for Certified Trauma Specialists.